It's very rare that an ad campaign truly goes viral. But when it does it becomes part of our language, its slogan is repeated by people way beyond the commercials, and the bounce for the brand can be huge.
To give some inspiration for your next effort, here are a few noteworthy examples from the United States.
And for a different take on this topic, read Econsultancy's other posts on why social video doesn't have to go viral to make an impact, and a run through of the top 20 Super Bowl ads of all time.
It’s unlikely you’ve missed the recent internet meme that is the Harlem Shake, which is currently sweeping across the world.
And it was pretty inevitable that it wouldn’t be too long before brands jumped onto the bandwagon - already, Pepsi and Red Bull are among the companies who have already tried to prove that they’ve got their fingers on the pulse.
This in itself brings about various debates around user-generated content and the associated lifetime of memes (do they stop being a natural commentary of culture once commercialised?) - but, thought-provoking issues aside, it’s actually the massive uptake within the digital (and wider marketing and advertising) industry that’s of interest.